San Antonio looking more gold than silver heading into matchup with Sky

Coming off a 2010 season in which they barely snuck into the playoffs behind a 14-20 record, the San Antonio Silver Stars have made a strong push in the first month of the season to try to get back to the postseason, this time with a better record and a little more respect.

The Silver Stars boast a 6-1 record and sit atop the Western Conference. But the Silver Stars still have much to prove with four of their five wins coming against sub-.500 teams, including two early season stomps over Tulsa (1-7) and a blowout over Atlanta (2-6).

Chicago, meanwhile, has faced a bit tougher competition so far winning two games against Connecticut (4-2) and beating 2010 playoff teams, New York and Washington. The Sky have emerged with a 4-4 record and are looking to build on that success and stay in the hunt for a playoff berth.

San Antonio guard Becky Hammon leads the Silver Stars in scoring with 18.2 points per game. Forward Sophia Young adds 16.4 points, while center Danielle Adams brings 15.3 points per game. Former Sky starting guard Jia Perkins has been a strong contributor off the bench for San Antonio averaging 15.5 points per game.

The Sky sent Perkins to San Antonio in the recent offseason in return for the team’s starting center Michelle Snow. Snow has averaged 8.3 points per game, 8.9 rebounds per game and 1 block per game in her first seven games with the Sky, significantly contributing to the defensive end as the Sky is now second in the league in shooting defense.

In 2010, the Sky swept the season series from San Antonio winning 88-61 on July 14, and 75-72 on July 24. Both Perkins and Snow would like to remind their former teams what they’re missing and secure a W for their new teams in the first of two matchups this season.